Poisson Distribution of sum of two random independent variables XX, YY

XP(λ) and YP(μ) meaning that X and Y are Poisson distributions. What is the probability distribution law of X+Y. I know it is X+YP(λ+μ) but I don’t understand how to derive it.


This only holds if X and Y are independent, so we suppose this from now on. We have for k0:
P(X+ Y =k) &= \sum_{i = 0}^k P(X+ Y = k, X = i)\\
&= \sum_{i=0}^k P(Y = k-i , X =i)\\
&= \sum_{i=0}^k P(Y = k-i)P(X=i)\\
&= \sum_{i=0}^k e^{-\mu}\frac{\mu^{k-i}}{(k-i)!}e^{-\lambda}\frac{\lambda^i}{i!}\\
&= e^{-(\mu + \lambda)}\frac 1{k!}\sum_{i=0}^k \frac{k!}{i!(k-i)!}\mu^{k-i}\lambda^i\\
&= e^{-(\mu + \lambda)}\frac 1{k!}\sum_{i=0}^k \binom ki\mu^{k-i}\lambda^i\\
&= \frac{(\mu + \lambda)^k}{k!} \cdot e^{-(\mu + \lambda)}

Hence, X+ Y \sim \mathcal P(\mu + \lambda).

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